Philosophy

Division: Social Sciences
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Philosophy is the study of the way we make moral choices, the way we determine truth and the way we think. Students will acquire the ability to analyze and articulate better ways to solve important problems.

The most common career opportunities with a baccalaureate degree include: any position that requires analytic and abstract thinking such as law, education, journalism, civil service, public relations, non-profit work, ministry, business management and the arts.

Transfer requirements in Philosophy are available in the Counseling Department. In all cases, students should consult with a counselor for specific transfer requirements.

Contact Information

Philosophy Professor

Carol Enns | (559) 730-3876 | carole@cos.edu
Kern: 730A | Visalia Campus

Social Sciences Division Chair

Alicia Crumpler | (559) 737-4816 | aliciacr@cos.edu
Kern: 728F | Visalia Campus

Dean of Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Engineering

Robert Urtecho, Ph.D. | (559) 730-3942 | robertur@cos.edu
John Muir: 133 | Visalia Campus

PHIL 001 Introductory Philosophy 3 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
Equivalent Course: PHIL 001H
Students study the methods and ideas of philosophy. Students write analyses on topics such as the scope and limits of knowledge, the nature of reality, the nature of self, ethics, science, religion, or political theory. (C-ID PHIL100)
Prerequisites: ENGL 251 or ENGL 261 or equivalent college course with "C" or better
PHIL 005 Ethics 3 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
Ethics is an introduction to theories that answer questions such as "How ought I live?" and "What is best for me and others?" Students will analyze basic ethical theories such as utilitarianism, deontology and virtue ethics and apply these theories to moral problems such as abortion, animal rights, euthanasia, and pornography. (C-ID PHIL120)
Prerequisites: ENGL 251 or ENGL 261 or equivalent college course with "C" or better
PHIL 012 Comparative Religion 3 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
Comparative Religion is an introduction to major religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Students read both sacred texts and modern writings in the religion to compare ideas about ethics, life after death and the role of women.
Prerequisites: ENGL 251 or ENGL 261 or equivalent college course with "C" or better
PHIL 013 Intro to the Old Testament 3 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
The Old Testament (Hebrew Bible) has a rich diversity of literary genres, social contexts and historical settings. It is a foundational text for three major religions. Students analyze the text, times and theological perspectives; the study will not be devotional in character.
Prerequisites: ENGL 251 or ENGL 261 or equivalent college course with "C" or better
PHIL 014 Intro to the New Testament 3 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
A study of the diverse literary genres, historical background and theological emphases of the New Testament. The course covers different portraits of Jesus, early Christianity and the life of Paul.
Prerequisites: ENGL 251 or ENGL 261 or equivalent college course with "C" or better
PHIL 020 Introductory Logic 3 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
Examination of the underlying structures of thinking by translating ordinary language into symbols. Students will determine the truth of arguments primarily based on logical structure with some consideration of informal logic and induction. (C-ID PHIL210)
Prerequisites: ENGL 251 or ENGL 261 or equivalent college course with "C" or better
Advisory on Recommended Preparation: MATH 230 or equivalent college course with "C" or better.
PHIL 025 Critical Thinking 3 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
Students will examine the ways people reason, including identification of arguments, misuse of language, common logical errors, and strong deductive and inductive arguments. Students are required to write 6,000 to 8,000 words in several essays to demonstrate critical thinking.
Prerequisites: ENGL 001 or equivalent college course with "C" or better

Philosophy

Enns, Carol
B.A., University Of California, Santa Cruz
M.A., California State University, Dominguez Hills
M.A., California State University, San Francisco

Linehan, Timothy 
B.A., Taylor University, Indiana
M.A., Texas Tech University, Texas 
M.A., University of California, Santa Barbara